What Does a Female Trucker Need to Pack for Her First Trip?

Updated: Mar 16, 2019

Female drivers, Women truckers
No time to stop! What can I do?

Ladies, what do you do if you’re in a hurry and you don’t have time to stop and grab a shower?

Your running late because you got stuck in Atlanta traffic, no time for breakfast.

Maybe, Mother Nature played a cruel joke on you, she sent a monsoon of heavy rain and wind, just as you stepped out of the truck.

One of the most common problems with over the road driving, is not getting to shower every day. You don’t have a shower in the cab of your truck. You had to spend the night at a rest area, because there was no parking left at the truck stop. Or maybe you spent the night in the customers parking lot.

Ladies your in luck if you packed a right things, but if not, here are a few items that can help in situations like this.


Female drivers, women truckers
It's Time for a Bird Bath

  • Baby wipes are great for taking a quick bird bath.

  • Keep a few gallons of water, under the bunk, water and a rag work in a pinch.

  • If you need to wash your hair, use a gallon of the water and a bucket or buy a can of dry shampoo.

  • Paper towels come in handy for cleaning up spills.

  • Zip-lock bags can hold may different items. A bar of soap, wet clothes, pens, note cards, even snacks.

  • A baseball cap will do wonders for bedheads.

  • Make sure to stock up on Tampons and Pads, you never know when Aunt Flo will visit, you can never be to prepared for the storm she brings with her.

  • Keep an extra set up clothes for emergencies, especially underwear and socks. I believe a woman can never have to many panties.


When you don’t have time for breakfast, pack nonperishable items to eat on the go and during long periods of inclement weather.

  • Individually wrapped crackers, cookies, and chips.

  • At least a case of drinking water. I know if it came down to it you could drink from the gallon of water for baths.

  • Canned goods last for a long time, but make sure to get lids that can be opened without a can opener or make sure you have a can opener. I did hear one time that you could take a can of food and rub the top of it across pavement for quit a long time, but eventually the can would be rubbed down so that it could be opened.

Another common occurrence for drivers is getting stuck in traffic or a snow storm. Yes, it can happen, just a few years back, Atlanta interstates were at a standstill, with passengers of 4 wheelers and trucks stuck for days.

Snow in for days on end!
  • Keep a flashlight just in case your truck won’t start, but don't forget the batteries. At least you can see in the dark.

  • A candle and lighter will not only provide light, but in cold weather it can give off heat to help from freezing to death. I would recommend to pack a few candles in jars, just in case it takes days to get help.

  • A battery pack for you phone. I recommend the larger one can charge a phone 5-7 times.


Lastly, make sure to have a FIRST AID KIT. You don’t have to buy one pre-made just grab the items below and put them in a bag or box.

Female Drivers, Women Trucker
Just grab a empty box and create your own kit!


These simple items are sometimes hard to remember, but when you get caught out in the middle of nowhere you will be glad you packed them.

I will be adding more posts centered around essentials for the truck, trailer, showers, paperwork, cooking, cleaning, and more.

Are you a new driver? Check out our post: What Does Every New Truck Driver Need to Pack for Personal Hygiene?

Do you have any other suggestions?

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